Random bits

I’ve played several really good q3 games (osp tdm). Educational side was enriched by reading RPM HOWTO and Advanced Bash-Scripting Guide. I’ve spent the whole weekend playing with DVD ripping. I found dvd::rip to be the easiest to install and most full-featured, including cluster support, resizing, cropping, encoding from the hard disk, etc, from all that I’ve tried (DivXripper and Drip).

Back to AfterStep

I am back to Afterstep. While I’ve found KDE to be very usable and powerfull, my fingers are trained for Afterstep. I will still use KDE at home though, where I am not pressured with time.

While I was testing KDE this time, I have found khelpcenter (Help icon in the main menu) to be extremely useful. It does a good job integrating KDE specific documentation with the rest of manuals, info pages, etc installed on the system. Yeah, info pages in particular.

I am thinking about a small project which will incorporate many of my small notes. What I have in mind is to create a new user on one of my hosts and generate step-by-step complete home environmnent starting from the shell prompt, vim, mutt, procmail, simple scripts that make everyday life easier and ending with… Well, not ending actually. Some Bash prompt tips will come handy later on.

KDE vs. Gnome

Gnome logoKDE logoOnce again I am willing to try out something bigger and slower then AfterStep. These time it is KDE version 3 that comes with Red Hat 7.3. I upgraded my KDE 2.2 from Red Hat 7.2 and the whole day spent already :) It runs much faster on my machine and I don’t actually know if it is KDE, my machine (1GHz, 512 MB RAM), or both. Anyway, it feels faster and smother then ever before. In my opinion, it is way better then Gnome from the same distribution (which is like 1.4 beta :)), although I was Gnome’s biggest fan for all the time before. There are several things, which pushed me into KDE camp:

  • Naming convention. Most of the software for KDE starts either with “kde” or with “k”. Of course there are exceptions like “kernel” but in general it is much easier to find packages on the CD. Gnome is not all that friendly with “abiword”, “gnumeric” and “*gnome*”. But that might be only me.
  • Lots of small helpful utilities. Gigagilions of things are installed with full KDE installation. From knotes to that tea management program :) Gnome is either following different path or is not there yet.
  • Smother integration of ingridients. Again, MHO, but with every next version of both desktops I feel it more.

This is roughly the overview. Let’s see if I will manage to stay away from Afterstep this time. One day passed already.

Good news

There are two much of good news today. First, this site has been moved to new hosting facilities, where it will hopefully be a bit faster and updated more often.

Another exciting point is that my distribution based on Red Hat Linux 7.3 is almost ready. I have successfully fit it on one CD (~ 570 MB), replaced sendmail with exim (version 4.04), replaced wu_ftpd with proftpd, added bash complition and mc into minimal installation, and did few other nice things. I’ve even got couple of people to be beta testers and it works fine till now. In couple of days I will release the patch to anaconda, file listings, and the tool I’ve wrote for speeding up dependecy checking. Stay tuned. :)